Saturday, 29 September 2007

Serie A Week 6: Saturday Review

Inter defeated ten-man Roma 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico to move three points clear of the Giallorossi at the top of the Serie A table, while Fiorentina brushed aside Livorno in the Tuscan derby to move up to second.

Inter moved clear of Roma at the top of Serie A after outclassing their fellow Scudetto hopefuls, who played with 10 men for over an hour at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma, who started the day level on points with Inter, were always going to struggle to maintain their unbeaten record in Serie A after Ludovic Giuly was shown a straight red card for deliberate handball just 28 minutes in. The summer signing from Barcelona palmed away Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goalbound strike and, to compound his misery, the Sweden striker slotted home the resulting spot-kick to became the leading scorer in Serie A outright with seven goals.

The reigning champions controlled the tempo of the game after going ahead, but an individual error from Maxwell early in the second half gifted Simone Perrotta an equaliser to give Roma hope. But Roberto Mancini's side restored their advantage only four minutes later courtesy of a Hernan Crespo strike and moments later the game was effectively over as a contest when Julio Cruz scored a third. And as Roma pushed men forward, long-serving central defender Ivan Cordoba added a fourth to rub salt into the wounds of the home side.

Fiorentina moved up to second in Serie A after extending their unbeaten start to the season to six games against struggling Livorno.

Argentinian forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo bagged a brace on his Viola debut either side of half-time and a deflected Mario Santana goal rounded off a comprehensive win to leave the home side still searching for their first victory, while Livorno's misery was compounded by a red card for Massimo Loviso.

[Saturday 29 Sep] - [Sunday 30 Sep]

1 comment:

  1. Once again la Roma just fell apart and did not behave like a "big team." It was their opportunity to show "grinta" at home to their fans. With that attitude how can they beat Man U?